In 2007, Shweta Tiwari filed for a divorce from her now ex-husband Raja Choudhary. It was after a five-year-long ordeal that the case finally came through in December 2012. However, in the last few years, Shweta has had the support of her boyfriend, Abhinav Kohli.
Everyone around the actor assumed that the two would tie the knot once she had officially parted ways with Raja. However, it’s been months since that happened and she hasn’t made any announcement on the wedding front.
What’s stopping her from marrying Abhinav?
“Nothing,” says Shweta, adding, “My divorce came through in December, and it’s not like I was waiting for it just so I could get married again right away. No date is fixed yet, but I’ll get married by this year-end.”
Be it drama or reality shows, Shweta Tiwari has done it all. Yet, when she bags a new assignment, the actor admits to feeling a child-like excitement. She’s just signed up for a dance show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (JDJ), and is eager to learn on the sets.
After Nach Baliye, now you are in JDJ. What are your chances of winning?
My chances are three out of 10 (laughs). More than winning, I hope I’ll be able to learn a lot. I’ve been part of a few other dance reality shows earlier, but JDJ is a different platform altogether as it has various dance forms in every episode. For a person like me, who only knows four thumkas, this is very tough.
The usual trend is that TV stars or bahus win JDJ as they get most votes. Who is your competition?
The show will not be about winning, but about who provides the most entertainment every week. More than TV stars, I feel with Lauren (Gottlieb, American dancer-actor) around, I don’t have a chance. I just want to come away with more experience in dance, which will stay with me forever. I don’t want to waste this opportunity, or beizzati karaake first round mein out ho jaoongi (I’ll humiliate myself and get eliminated in the first round).
Are you looking at films at all, Hindi or Bhojpuri?
There are only so many hours in the day, and with Parvarrish and now JDJ, where’s the time? I used to do stage shows, but now with JDJ, that has stopped too. I’m always booked for 15-20 stage shows in a month and have ads to do as well.
Do you feel you are in the same league as Smriti Irani and Sakshi Tanwar who are thought of as the most iconic Indian TV stars today?
Smriti and Sakshi are both senior to me. I remember before I started my career, I would watch them on TV. I am junior to them, career and age-wise, so I won’t say I am in their league, but yes, whenever they are mentioned, my name is taken in the same breath too. I feel I have got more than what I expected, and I couldn’t be happier.
Shweta Tiwari and Ronit Roy in a love-making scene from Kasautii Zindagii Kay.
One question people ask you all the time? Was Bigg Boss rigged?
This is a question I am fed up of answering. Ever got negative feedback from fans?
Once a woman told me that I shouldn’t mouth double-meaning dialogues or jokes in Comedy Circus. I took that advice
seriously and refrained from doing so. The best and worst part of your job?
The worst part is that even if I want, I can’t spend enough time with my daughter, Palak. She’s growing up. The best part is that I get good money, visit new cities and get paid for learning things like dance. The worst scene you have ever done?
I had to shoot in a dirty pond for a scene in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, when my character Prerna was shown falling into it. We shot the entire night, and the next day, I had rashes all over my body. Yuck. An actor you feel is good on TV today?
Vivian Dsena as RK in Madhubala is good. He’s become a heartthrob. My daughter likes him. Drashti (Dhami) too is very successful.